A low-income home is a place where the owner can afford to pay rent but has little choice about what to buy, such as a new TV or car.
A high-income apartment, on the other hand, has an option to buy.
The idea is to keep the price of rent low, thereby helping low- and middle-income renters buy their own homes, as well as keeping them out of the rental market.
Some economists say the policy is misguided because low- income households would be priced out of buying, and the cost of housing would skyrocket.
But a recent study of the policy in New York City found it is working.
The median home price in the city fell from $1.2 million in 2014 to $1,049,988 in 2017, according to a report by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Some of the homes that lost value, such in a neighborhood like the Upper West Side, have not seen a surge in price.
The policy also has helped homeowners who could not afford to buy a new home, because they could not find the income to pay down their mortgage.
Some experts say the current policies are unfair to renters.
“I think it is unfair to the renters,” said David L. Raffman, an economist at the Urban Institute who studies rent-control policies.
“The renters get screwed because they have to pay the mortgage on their rental property.
The rental home doesn’t pay the rent.”
A survey by real estate analytics firm Zillow found that more than one-third of all American households, including more than 1 million homeowners, have at least one rental property that has declined in value since 2016.
The trend is a familiar one for renters in many cities, but it has been more apparent in New Jersey.
For example, the median home value in New Brunswick fell 15 percent between 2014 and 2017.
“Rents have been very stagnant over the past 10 to 20 years, so the trend is definitely happening,” said Joe Zullo, who manages the real estate market at real estate brokerage Zullow, in a recent interview.
“You have a very, very low cost of living.”
He said rents in New Hampshire have also been on the rise, and that a housing boom has made it more difficult to build new rental housing.
The New Jersey Renters Union said it had seen some of the same issues in New England as in New Orleans.
“We’ve seen this trend in New Hampshirks [New Jersey], in Massachusetts and in many other places,” said John Cramer, the union’s president.
The city’s population, he said, has grown by about 10 percent since 2010.
A spokeswoman for the city Department of Development Services said the city did not have a specific analysis on the effect of the program.
“In terms of what our policies are doing, we’re looking at all of the options and will determine what the right course of action is,” said Christina Fortunato, a spokeswoman for development services.
“There’s a lot of research showing that rental housing can have a positive impact on our city, and we want to make sure we’re supporting that.”
Renters may be able to avoid the problem of rent increases by choosing to rent out their property to other families.
But some are concerned that the city is giving the owners too much power, particularly when the owner’s income is relatively high.
“A lot of landlords have very large portfolios, but are not able to afford the monthly rent,” said Peter Besser, the executive director of the National Association of Realtors.
“They can’t afford to take the risk of raising rents.”
Bess, who represents about 40,000 rental landlords, said that some landlords are not doing their due diligence on the owners of their properties.
“If a landlord is buying a home and wants to rent it out to someone else, there is some risk that they’re going to get charged a huge amount of money,” Bessers said.
“But when you’re renting, you have to be careful about what you’re getting.”
He added that renters should also look for alternatives if they cannot afford to own a home.
“Make sure you don’t have too many options, because if you do, you could end up in a position where you’re having to move,” Bresser said.
The program is also raising some red flags for some homeowners.
In 2016, more than 3,300 New Jersey homes were foreclosed on, and nearly two-thirds were for low- to moderate-income homeowners.
That includes some properties where many owners have struggled to find work.
A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that nearly one-fifth of all homes foreclosed since the program began in 2014 were in poor or moderate- to low-status neighborhoods.
The homeowners association that represents the homeowners has been working to address that issue, and it has pushed for a plan to allow tenants to get their